Total Impact snapped a seven-race losing streak Saturday, scoring an upset in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup for his first victory in 14 months.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Total Impact prevented 7-10 favorite Even the Score from becoming the second horse to sweep Hollywood Park's three major dirt races for older horses. Eleven Stitches accomplished the feat in 1981.
Total Impact won by 11/4 lengths over Olmodavor, with Even the Score another half-length back in third place.
Rock Hard Ten, second to Smarty Jones in this year's Preakness, was a runaway winner of the Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes, contested earlier in the day.
Total Impact covered 11/4 miles in 2 minutes .72 of a second and, as a 6-1 outsider, paid $15.40, $6.20 and $2.80.
The win was the fifth in 18 lifetime starts for Total Impact and was worth $450,000, raising the career earnings of the 6-year-old son of Stuka to $1,159,568. Total Impact is the 14th foreign-bred to win the Gold Cup in 65 runnings and the first from Chile.
Olmodavor, ridden by Alex Solis, returned $4.60 and $2.60. Solis, who has failed to win the Gold Cup in 12 attempts, finished second for the second time.
Even the Score, ridden by David Flores, paid $2.10 to show.
Yessirgeneralsir, the early pacesetter, finished fourth, followed by Royal Moro, Gift of the Eagle and Continental Red. Each of the seven entries in the race for 3-year-olds and up carried 124 pounds.
The win was the first for Total Impact since last year's Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, won by Even the Score this year. Total Impact was third in that race and second behind Even the Score in The Californian, contested June 12.
Laura De Seroux became the second female trainer to win the Gold Cup with her first starter. Mary Lou Tuck saddled Go West Young Man, the winner in 1980.
De Seroux wasn't at Hollywood Park to enjoy the win, watching instead from home.
"Jeff and I split the duties," De Seroux said, referring to Jeff Ford. "My husband has been traveling a lot, and he works so hard. I said 'Let's just stay home and enjoy it.'
"Truthfully, I thought we were going to run a place -- I thought that Even the Score looked a cinch -- so we just wanted to relax and take a breather a little bit. Jeff is my assistant and I want him to handle these sort of things."
Smith, riding in his second Gold Cup, said the key was the 11/4-mile distance.
"Laura's done a great job, not expecting too much out of him every time he's run," Smith said.
Rock Hard Ten took the lead in the turn for home and pulled away for a 33/4-length triumph over Suave in the $421,300 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani and carrying 116 pounds, Rock Hard Ten covered 11/8 miles in 1:47.47 and, as the 3-5 favorite in a field of six, paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10.
The victory was the third in six lifetime starts for Rock Hard Ten and was worth $252,780, raising the career earnings of the Kentucky-bred son of Kris S. to $630,380.
"I'd just been begging to ride this horse," Nakatani said.